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THE NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
9 NEBRASKA IN BRIEF Timely Nowa Culled From All Farts of tho State, Reduced for tho Busy. SCORES OF EVENTS COVERED An organizer for tho Nonpartisan league named Rucll met with a shower of eggs wlillo making an address In a school house a few miles from Spald ing, nccordlng to Ills story tiled In court there. Huell charges eight Spalding business men and farmers living nearhy with assault and hattery. He sny"B ho was spat tered with rotten eggs, suffered griev ous damage physically, montally, and, nhoe all, sartorlnlly. Trial of the case has been set for November 25. Much pressure Is being brought to bear upon Governor McKelvIe to com mute the sentence of Allen V. Gram mer, who, with Alson 15, Cole, Is to bo electrocuted .Tnnunry 0 for the murder of Mrs. Lulu Vogt In Howard county, to life Imprisonment. Besides tho war den at the state prison, fifty-seven people of Howard county havo peti tioned (he governor for clemency for Grammer, Governor McKclvIo has sent out let lors to all county attorneys In the state, requesting them to wage vigor ous campaigns against I. W. W. agi tators, to ask the sheriffs and their deputies to be constantly on the look out for I. W. W. members and to pros ecute all men guilty of I. V. W. ac tivities. Raymond Johnson, farmer of John son county, went to Beatrice, the other day, In a brand new automobile. He parked his car on the main street and it was stolen. Mr. Johnson hired a team to go home and the horses be came frightened and rnn away, de molished the buggy and Injured him quite badly. Federal authorities expect a general inllux of I. W. W. members Into Omaha ns u result of advises that men are headed for the central west from the coal fields. They are prspnrcd to make a general roundup If agitators appear anywhere In this state, they say. William A. Johnson, known as "Pussyfoot," who was paraded through the streets of London on a plank, after ho had attempted to expound tho doctrine of prohibition, Is a former Nebraska man, having attended the State University at I,lncoln, some thir ty years ago. The fame of Nebraska boys' and girls' clubs has spread to Texas, and tho collego of agriculture extension service nt Lincoln has been asked to supply Texas with u carload of pure bred hogs, that tho work may bo furth ered In that state. Wullace H. -Wilson of-Kremont,-for mer state senator and state prohibi tion agent, has been made chief of n government squad of six men detailed to make federal prohibition effective In Nebraska. During tiiu past ten months l,rM,473 head of sheep and lambs have been sent Into tho country from the South Omaha market. This Is 2,000 more than wero sent from the market dur ing all of 1018. Tho city council of Wynioro has de cided to sell Arbor State ond Itlver sldo parks nt that place, the money de rived therefrom to bo used In con structing "a sewer system In tho city. Miss Lulu Wolford 1ms been ap pointed asslstnnt state superintend ent by State Superintendent W. H. C'lemmons, to fill the vacancy caused by tho resignation of Mr. French. W. A. Solleck of Lincoln and A. J. Weaver of Falls City are being talked of as likely candidates for president of the constitutional convention, which will convene In Lincoln, Dec. 2. According to tho last census tho Indian population of Nebraska Is 11,701. Most of theso Indians own their own land, and n majority ot tho adult Indians aro voting citizens. Tho Lynch sanltnrlum and hospital nt Spencer will be placed In charge of the Catholic sisters. At tho start it It will contain 20 beds, and -10 beds when tho building Is completed. Tho seventy-four building and loan associations In Nebraska have assets of ?(1,000,000, of which ?50,000,000 is In first mortgage loans, the state bank lug bureau asserts. It Is reported that corn around Hoi drego Is husking out fully forty bush els to the acre, and of a splendid qual ity. Burglnrs broko Into the Farmers' Union Storo nt Lindsay tho other night and cnrrled off merchandise to the value of $2,000. In an effort to check tho gopher menace, which Is threatening tho nl falfu production of tho state, tho Stato University Collego of Agriculture Ex tension Sorvlco Is conducting poison lug demonstrations In Johnson, Sium tiers, Itlchnrdson, Gage and Lancaster counties. It Is estimated that gophers cost tho farmers of each southeastern county $100,000 n year, and cause an annual loss to the state of fc.1,000,000, Ilobbers looted tho storo of Frank Dudek nt Schuyler and secured $1,000 wortli of silk, silk waists and silk nklrto. Production of corn in Nebraska this fear will approximate IGiO'iS.OOO bushels, nccordlng to a preliminary es Huinto announced by the state depart Qient of agrlculluro at Lincoln. Of tho 51,000 Nebruskans who sorved aI tit tho colors during tho war only 8,000 hnvn joined tho American Legion of this state, nccordlng to President Cllno of the organization, who appeals to service men to Join the Legion. The first government land drnulnft within the limits of the Goring nnd Fort Lnramlo irrigation project Is slated to occur early In 1020, Tho land lies Just ncross the Nebraska lino In the Goshen Hole of Wyoming. All tho legal descriptions nnd necessary Information has been forwarded to Washington by the project engineers, nnd the date and rules of the drawing will bo promulgated soon. Only thirty enses of "flu" were re ported In Nebraska In October, compnr ed with Jfi.fiOl cases the snme month a year ago while the epidemic was rag ing over the United States, llecauso both those who wore victims last year and those -who did not contract It nffor exposure are likely to be Immune, tho stato bureau oi health says no epi demic will start this fall. Nows that the miners' strike had been called oft caused no great amount of optimism over Nebraska, the belle f prevailing among coal dealers that people of tho stato would have to con servo fuel greatly or suffer the con sequences. Many weeks, It Is belleed, will elapse before a normal amount of coal Is again on baud. The branch line of the Union Pn. clflc railroad runnlne fl'ntll Nnrtli Platte to Ilalg, six miles west of Ger Ing, Is to be extended not loss thnn fifty miles westward during the coming summer, reports say. In time, It Is said, this branch will bo extended westward to a Junction with tho malti lino nt Medicine How, Wyo. Allnn A. Tukey of Omaha, fires!- dent of the Douglas county American liCglO!) DOSt. WAS oWf.ul mm .. n.-.. ommanders of tho national orennlzn. tlon at tho closing of the American Legion convention at MlnnonnnliN. Minn. States from Maine to Cnllfornln, voted almost unanimously for the No brnskan. Pawnee county chapter of American Red Cross has mnlled to each man and woman In the county, who served In tho world war; n complete foster of tho ounty published In pnlnphlet form. It contains n few less than five hundred names, nnd gives each boy's rank, di- ision, regiment and compnny. Suit to enjoin the Woodmen of tho World from putting the new Increased rates into effect on January 1, 1020, has been llled in Nebraska City bv several members of tho fraternal order. the charges aro that tho now rates violate tho order's constitution and by laws nnd the laws of the state. Delegates to tho constitutional con vention who pulled through as the re sult of votes credited them by mall need nave no fear of losing their sents. according to Attorney General Dnvls, wno rciuicu a report that his ofilco nnd Held that voting by mail in sno- clal elections was Illegal. A bonus of $10 per month for tho roninlnlng seven months of the school year, to be paid at the end of tho year on condition of faithful service, has been voted to nil emtio tin-i ior hv the hoard of education of tho Ord, city schools, Tho federal highway council, boost ing the farm-to-tnble movement, hns Issued n bulletin urging everyone In a position to do so, to tnko trips Into tho ountry In their nutomoblles and nur- chaso direct from the producer their needs for the table. Twenty years nt hard labor in tho Nebraska penltentlnry was the sen tence Imposed liy District Judge Red lck at Omaha, npoiv Ira Johnson, negro, who was convicted of crlmlnnlly as saulting n ID-ycnr-olrt white girl. Tho card Index system which Is now being used In connection with autoino- bllo records at the state house at Lin coln, has been ndopted in Michigan and other stntes are planning to follow suit, nccordlng to reports. 'J ho question of rcorgnnlziiiK tho Nebraska Teachers association will bo submitted to a referendum vote of tho teachers within tho next month, It was decided at tho statu meeting nt Omahn. Tho Nebraska School of Agrlculturo at Curtis has an enrollment of 150, or 50 per cent more students than In nny previous year. Every western Nebras ka county Is represented In the en rollment. It is figured that the Plntte river has a chnnnel.moro thnn 700 miles long In Nebrnskn. No other state has uu equal mileage of nny one river. Lleven farmers near Dnnnebrog hnvo paid $7,000 to extend nn electric trans mission lino from town to their farms, six miles dlstnnt. It Is estimated that Valley county, the lnrgest popcorn producer In Ne braska, will have about HO.OOO.OOO pounds this season. Corn In Garfield county Is averaging from 15 to !,' bushels to tho ncre. Nebraska, It Is said, Is leading nil states in tins division In Hed Cross roll call. Pawnee county has over ten thousand new members nnd Kimball county already hns enrolled more than last year. Prospects aro for a record enrollment Humors are current In and around Dcshlor that tho Greater Dealer Com- pnny, which had abandoned plans to build n railroad connecting u number of towns In southeastern Nebraska and northern Kansas, when tho war broko out, Is making preparations now to perfect tho project. Hlalr is to have about three miles of street paving In the courso of n few months. A sewer system is to bo in stalled previous to the paving. Flfty-threo bend of stock nnd two Judging teams will bo thu University of Nebraska's contribution to tho In ternational live stock show at Chicago December 1 to 0, Authority to Issue $250,000 addi tional stock to Increase their sorvlco and add to their plant has been ask- ed of tho Stato Hallway commission by tho Lincoln Telephone nnd Telegraph compnny. 1. United Stntes regulars nrrlvlng being trained In England for service In lean Federation of Lnfior In Washington, the center of important activities. NEWS REVIEW QF CURRENT-EVENTS Mine Loaders Call Off Strike and Meet With Operators for Negotiations. MEN SLOW TO RESUME WORK K. F. of L. Planning Fight on Govern ment's Methods Crisis Near In Railroad Labor and Legislation Court Decisions Favor Wets Convention of American Legion. Dy EDWARD W. PICKARD. Yielding to the authority nnd power if the government, the leaders of the Mine Workers' union compiled with the inandntory order of Judge Ander ioii nnd called off the strike. Their action was balled with delight by tho authorities nnd by tho country gen erally, but its expected good effect was not apparent immediately. In deed, In most of the bituminous dis tricts tho men showed a disposition to remain idle until their wngo demands had been adjusted. This, however, was doubtless due to their incomplete understanding- of tho situation and to unavoidable delay In distributing the cancelling order. Tho government lost no time In tak ing steps to bring about an amicable agreement between the operators nnd Hie men. The cabinet Instructed Sec retary of Labor Wilson to summon nil pnrtles to n conference In Washington, and at this writing tho representatives of both sides nre trying to formulate a new working pnet. The cabinet members were sdl of the opinion thnt tho miners' ofllcinls were entitled, by their action, to tho fullest considera tion of their list of grievances, and Hint the operators should bo held to their promise to submit to negotiation, and, If that falls, to arbitration. Compllnncc with the court order by the miners' otllcials came ns something Df a surprise to the exocutlvo com mittee of 'the American Federation of Labor, which had advocated resistance and promised unlimited support to the strikers. The federation leaders rec ognized a tremendous threat In the Injunction method adopted by the gov ernment, and, not retreating from their announced position, have started on a campaign to defend tho fundamental principles of organized Inbor. In the drst place, they advised the mine work Brs to enrry to the Supreme court nn appeal from Judge Anderson's restrain ing order. This Mr. Lewis declined to do, nt least before the Washington con ference, for they apparently have ac cepted the government's assurance that the suit was not to prevent strikes Kone;nlly, but to prevent violation of the law. The federation also has de cided, It was reported, to oppose In congress the extension of the Lever food nnd fuel act asked for by tho attorney general, for the purpose of ! aenllngwlth strikes and other restrle Hons of necessary production. It will also oppose the antl-strlke provisions of tho Cummins railroad hill. On the other hand, Senator Cummins planned to Introduce an amendment to ' !,ls, W" ,m''1'',p'K ''"sic 1 m"u" ' V 1 K, ! 'T 'rb,lt?t'011, , h,eso l,"rlJ, ' re fuel, foodstuffs, clothing, Iron and steel and building mnterhils. No doubt the fate of this amendment will depend largely on developments before it Is considered by the senate, for many senators who are agnlnst Injunctions as a general policy are determined to seo that tho American peoplo are not oppressed by the tyranny of a rein lively small class, A crisis Is approaching In both rail road labor and rnllrond legislation, The railroad brotherhoods nre still ne gotiating with Director Genornl Hlnes for nn adjustment of wages, nnd It Is . predicted In Washington that the In creases they aro trying to get bofore return of the roads to prlvnte own- ershlp will not be granted. In that In the bituminous coal region of General Yudenltch's antlbolshevlk use It Is likely they will call a strike by December 1. Unless by that time pence hns been officially proclaimed, such a strike could bo attacked by tho Injunction method under the Lever act, In the opinion of government ofll cinls, since It would absolutely tio up tho distribution of necessities of life. The Insistent need of legislation for the return of tho railroads to their former owners before the president gives them up has led to talk of Jetting thnt take precedence In the senate over I he peuce treaty. This, however, is not likely to occur. But something must be done very soon. Representa tive Esch's railroad bill has been made public, nnd some features of It hnve aroused loud protests, In congress nnd out of It. The measure contulns no nntt-strlke and lockout provisions, nnd n fight to Introduce such clauses will be made In tho house. Other changes thnt will be proposed will be to pre vent the railroads from perpetuating nnd enlnrglng their ownership of wa ter linos. Thetus Sims of Tennessee hopes to present a substitute bill for government ownership of rights of way and other physical nronertles of the roads, with private operation under lease. At any rate, he will offer an amendment limiting railroad execu tives salnrles to $20,000 a year. The prohibition situation Is get ting decidedly complicated, tho de velopments of the week being In fn vor of tho wets. When tho Ohio vote had been ofllclnlly counted it was found the people had defeated rati fication of tho federal constitutional amendment, two and three-fourths per cent beer, repeal of tho state prohibi tion nnd the Crnbbe enforcement net. If enough more of the states' whose constitutions contain tho referendum provision follow tho example of Ohio, the federal amendment might be killed. In Louisville, Ky., Federal Judge Ev ans, in effect, held war-time prohibi tion unconstitutional and enjoined tho lnternnl revenue collector nnd district attorney from Interfering with tho sale by two distilleries of their tnx-pald whisky. Federal Judge Brown at Prov idence, R. I., Issued nn Injunction re straining the government ofllcers from enforcing the wnr-tlme prohibition net, nnd declared his belief that the Vol stead enforcement net Is unconstitu tional, being repugnant to tho prohibi tion amendment. In Providence the sale of 4 per cent beer was resinned Immediately. Judges Carpenter nnd FItzhenry In Chicago heard nrguments In n similar case nnd tho wets wore confident that their decision would bo tho same ns thnt of Judge Brown. Meanwhile Internal Revenue Com missioner Roper Is going calmly nhead preparing tho machinery for the en forcement of both wnr-tlino and con stitutional prohibition. This machin ery will be put In motion on Novem ber 17. and Its chief engineer will bo John F. Kramer of Mansfield, O., who has been appointed national prohibi tion commissioner. The country hns been divided Into nine districts, each of which will have supervising ngeuts j there will be a director for each state, and a large mobile force under the orders of Mr. Kramer. Wherever the stato and municipal otllcers fall to en force the prohibition tows, the fed eral agents will act. Secretary of Stato Lansing, after be ing told of the Ohio vote, said the repudiation of lhe constitutional amendment has no effect on the de partment's proclamation of Inst Janu ary putting tho country under prohibi tion next January 10. "We received formal legal notice of the ratification by the Ohio leglsln tuny he said, "through the proper channels and from tho proper ofllcinls in Ohio. We cannot go behind this, nor can we question the legality of tho notification we received." The war which the government, with the npproval and backing of nil good citizens, Is waging on tho rcdlcals who Infest tho country continues, and might bo said to be having excellent results, If thero were not such iinnc countable delny In the deportation of the anarchists who havo boon caught. Several Incidents of tho week may well serve 40 speed up the proceed lugs. The most serious was nt Con- tialla, Wash., where members of the I. W. W. fired a volley Into an Arm Istlco day parade, killing four mem hers of the American Legion and West Virginia. 2. Russian otllcers army. 3. Headquarters of the Amer- wounding others. A number of the culprits were arrested nnd one of them was lynched, the others being saved from the enraged people by the men of tho Amerlcnn Leclon. whoso be havior throughout was worthy of the hhhost praise. In addition to murder, the prisoners will be chnrged with conspiracy to overthrow the govern ment. A large number of radicals locked up In Detroit, plotted n Jnll de livery, but n trusty betrayed tho plan to the sheriff, nnd it wns frustrated. Senator Polndexter of Washington blames the administration for leniency towards the radicals, but government officials say tho onus rests on con gress, pointing out that there are 52 bills pending in congress which were drafted for the purpose of giving the government all the nuthority needed to denl with the bolshevik, anarchistic, and other nntl-Amerlcnn organizations now operating In this country. Moving slowly and fitfully onward toward u final vote on tho peace treaty, tho senate on Thursday "cut the heart out of the League of Nations," If Pres ident Wilson's view is to be accepted. By n vote of 40 to 83 it adopted the Lodge reservation to article X of tho league covenant," this being Its text: "The United States assumes no obll- gntlon to preserve the territorial in tegrity or political independence of nny other country or to interfere In controversies between nations wheth er members of tho league or not un der the provisions of nrtlcle 10, or to employ tho military or naval forces of tho United Stntes under any nrtlcle of the treaty for any purpose, unless In any particular caw the congress, which, under the constitution hns tho sole power to declare war or authorize the employment-of the military or na vnl forces of the United Stntes, shall by act or Joint resolution so provide." Every Republican In the senate and four Democrats voted for this reser vation, which is especially distasteful to the president. The first national convention of the American Legion wns held at Mlnne npblls, and wns a huge success. The next meeting will be held In Cleve land, opening September 27, 1020. Franklin D'Oller of Philadelphia, a former lieutenant colonel, holding the distinguished service medal nnd tho Legion of Honor, wns elected nntion nl commander. The most Important nctlon taken by the convention was the warm indorse ment of universal mllltnry training, with a small standing army and no compulsory mllltnry service in time, of pence. It whs recommended that the national citizen army be under lo cal control, subject to national regula tions. A resolution which was adopt ed with cheers cnlled for tho disfran chisement nnd deportntlon of Victor Berger of Wisconsin, who was unseat ed by the house of representatives for his disloyal utterances during the war. Another resolution ndopted expressed the feeling thnt financial losses sus tained by every soldier and snllor should be nllevlnted promptly by the government, but left It to congress to determine the form the compensation should take. On motion of California nnd Ilnwail delegates, tho convention demanded thnt congress forever ex clude tho Japanese from Amerlcnn shores, thut fprelgn-born Japanese shall bo barred' from American citi zenship, nnd that congress submit a constitutional amendment that no child born In the United States of foreign parentage shall he eligible to American citizenship unless Its parent? were so eligible when the child wot born. Translations of foreign lan guage newspapers wero demanded. The lighting In Russln and the Bal tic states did not hnve decisive result'; Inst week, but pence between the bol shevlkl and some of the Baltic nation! seemed a little nearer. Indeed, peace negotiations between the soviet gov ernment nnd the Esthonlaim began Sat urday. The others seemed 10 be hold Ing off, though It was believed the Letts nnd Llthunntnus might come In Inter, and even tho Poles. Finns. White Russians and Ukrainian, If they wort nssured thut the entente allies would not offer forcible objections. The hoi shevlkl hope these uegntlntlon will lend to pence with the nllhw, anil, In any wise, that their western ,forees will he released to ro-cnfoivr th.iso thut nre fighting Kolehnk and lienlkltie. STILL IDLE 400,000 OUT DESPITE RESCINDING OF STRIKE ORDER. AWING NEW AGREEMENT" Prostration of Industry Predicted Un less Men Return to Mines. Arrests Aro Probable. Chicago, 111. Seven days after of ficers of the United Mine Workers or America lmd called off the nation wlth strlko in tho bituminous mines In obedience to the nmndnte of u federal court, about 400,000 miners were Idle nnd Indications wero that, generally, they would remain out, except pos sibly, In West Virginia, where union leaders and operators were calling upon them to return to the mines, nnd In Wyoming, whore u wngo agreement had been effected, until u wngo scale Is adopted by miners' representatives nnd operators nt Washington. The union lenders still deinnnd a 00 per cent increase In pny nnd n six-hour day.. Prlvnte advices from Washing ton are that the operators wero con sidering offering wngo Inerenses aver aging 20 per cent,. nnd that the ques tion of hours was not under discus sion. T. W. Proctor, regional coal commit tee chalrmnn, said that continued non production of coal for another week would likely menu a shutdown of every non-essential Industry west ot the Mississippi river. As u coal conservation mensuro, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul rail road cancelled ten pnsengertruins. Appeals for conl from Montana, North nnd South Dakota and the northwest generally hnve been re ceived by Mr. Proctor. A committee from Sioux City, In., called upon 15. .7. Rowo, federal west ern conl chairman, seeking -the relief of coal for Iowa Industry. Mr. Rowo felt obliged to decline when he said be found the Iown supply as great on the average as elsewhere In tho cen tral west. From Indianapolis comes the report of arrests In connection with the gov ernment's Injunction proceedings against the United Mine "Workers' union nre probable. It Is said thnt federal agents nre gathering evidence of reported viola tion of the injunction with n view to preferring charges of contempt oT court ngnlnst members of tho miners union. According to Information re ceived by these agents, meetings hnve been held In different! sections of the country nt which tho minors voted not to, return to work even though the strike order had been rescinded by In ternational officials of the union. JOHNSON GOOD SPORT. American Dry Worker Considers Haz ing a Mere Joke. London. William E. ("Pussyfoot'.') Johnson, the American prohibitionist whose campaign in England was rude ly Interrupted by n band of students, who rode him through a number of prlnclpnl streets on a plank nnd other wise handled him roughly, ns a result of his attitude toward the adventure is one of the most talked of and pop ular figures of the day. The general verdict of the newspapers Is that he is n "good sport." Mr. Johnson could not have desired n better advertisement than the Inci dent for his campaign ngnlnst the liquor traffic, and his future public ap pearances likely will command atten tion by reason of the fact that lie has announced himself ns considering the hnzlng he underwent n good Joke. The opposition to tho Antl-Snloon league" organizer In London, It is said, has been based on tho feeling that It was Impertinent for nn American pro hibitionist to come ncross seas to lec ture the English on what they should do. LIMIT TREATY DEBATE. Each Senator Allowed One Hour to Talk On Pact. Washington. For the first time in the history of the United States sen ate a cloture to limit debate was ndopted. A cloture to limit debate on tho peace treaty, introduced by Sen ator Henry Cabot I.odgecnrried by a vote of 78 to 10. No member can here after speak more thnn one hour on the pence treaty. After each senntor.has made Ids "swan song" on the trenty, which, un der no clrcumstnnces can bo more than ninety-six hours, for nil of tho sen ators, voting on ratification of the treaty as a whole will Immediately be taken up. Set Beet Sugar Price. Washington, D. C. A maximum wholesale price of 10 cents a pound for nil beet sugars at all points in the United States was established by the department of Justice. Crash May Reduce Prices. Washington, D. GV Approximately rsoO.OOOOOO will be released to help jcnl enterprise throughout the United States as a remit of the crash in tho New York stock market last week, government officials said heie. Tills vast sum, when It Is no longer attract ed by speculation, will bo available to local business men In need of cash to iuciease production, build factory addi tion, buy new machinery and' boost bilh'iioittt generally, It Is. believed. This wld tend to 1 elp reduce prices and liv ing toK's, oT.elals hope. HERS